Just Passing Through: Interactions with the World,  1938-2021
Brown Dog Books , 16 Sept 2021

Giuseppe Verdi
(The History Press [Pocket Giants series], 2014).

The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera
(Atlantic Books, 2009; paperback edition, 2010; Italian edition (Il Palco d’oro) Elliot Edizioni, 2010; Chinese edition: Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2012; Spanish edition (La Ópera: Una historia social) Siruela, 2012)

Hallelujah! An informal history of the London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Choir, 2007

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007 and reissued in paperback by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

The Hitler Emigrés: The Cultural impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism
Chatto and Windus, 2002; Pimlico paperback 2003

PastMasters: The Best of ‘History Today’ (ed)
Sutton: 2001

Fins de Siècle (with Asa Briggs)
Yale University press, 1996

Plácido Domingo’s Tales From the Opera
BBC Books, 1994; Amadeus Press, USA, 1995

Pole Positions: The Polar Regions and the Future of the Planet
Hodder & Stoughton, 1993; Random House, Canada, 1993; Lubbe, 1994

Beyond the Tunnel of History: the 1989 BBC Reith Lectures (with Jacques Darras)
Macmillan (UK) and the University of Michigan Press, USA, 1990

The World of Plácido Domingo
The Bodley Head and McGraw-Hill, 1985; Arrow paperback 1986; Die Welt des Plácido Domingo, Schweizer Verlagshaus, 1986; new edition Domingo, 1992; Schott edition 1994; El Mundo de Plácido Domingo, Versal, Barcelona, 1986; Japanese edition, 1988; Hungarian edition, 1989

The Amadeus Quartet: The Men and the Music
Robson Books, 1981; Le Quattuor Amadeus, Buchet/Chastel, 1981

If I Had Been … Ten Historical Fantasies (ed)
Robson Books, 1979; Rowman & Littlefield (USA), 1979

Kissing Cousins: An Interpretation of British and American Culture, 1945-1975
Temple Smith, 1977; published in USA as Britain and America: An Interpretation of their Culture, New York University Press/Harper and Row, 1977; adapted and translated for use in Japan as English-language text, Kinseido Ltd, Tokyo

Eleanor Roosevelt
Edito-Service, 1970; English and French language editions

America Since 1920
Harper and Row, 1968, and by Batsford, 1968 as USA: The Twenties to Vietnam. Republished in revised updated edition as America Since 1920 by Heinemann Educational Books, 1978, 1980, 1984


Chapters In

Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture, ed: Monica Bohm-Duchen
Lund Humphries, 2019

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, ed: Kate Bailey
V&A publications, 2017

Thomas Armstrong: A Celebration by his Friends
Thames Publishing, 1998

Introduction to American Studies, ed: Malcolm Bradbury & Howard Temperley
Longman, 1981; new editions 1989 and 1998

The American Destiny: A Bicentennial History of the United States, ed: Henry S. Commager
Orbis/Danbury Press, 1976

Since 1945: Aspects of Contemporary World History, ed: J. L. Henderson
Methuen, 1966 & 1971

The British General Election of 1966, by David Butler and Anthony King
Macmillan, 1966


Articles published in

BBC History Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Camden New Journal, Daily/Sunday Telegraph, Economist, English Historical Review, Gramophone, Guardian, Historical Research, Historically Speaking, History Today, Homes & Gardens, Independent, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Renaissance, Journal of American Studies, Listener, Literary Review, Living History, Music and Musicians, Musical Times, New Society, New Statesman, Opera, Opera Now, Political Studies, Radio Times, Royal Opera House Magazine, Standard, Sunday Times, Times, Times Literary & Higher Education Supplements, Tribune

"Daniel Snowman has brought zest and boundless curiosity to every aspect of his very wide and always impressive professional life. These pages reflect all that in joyful abundance."


"Daniel says somewhere that he doesn’t want to judge people. And he doesn’t. He writes candidly about his orthodox Jewish background, the benefits brought by German refugees, the evils of McCarthyism, the racism of the American South. He has been everywhere. As a musician and broadcaster, he has interviewed politicians like Crossman, luminaries like Barbirolli, and befriended singers like Domingo. He has even calmly discussed ‘the bomb’ with Harry Truman. He is a writer, producer, performer, historian and human being all in one and this book deserves to be read widely."

11th Earl of Sandwich and former President of the Pepys Club

"Daniel Snowman’s well-lived life – as broadcaster, historian, singer, lecturer, opera-buff – has taken him around the world and brought him in contact with many of the cultural and  political greats of the modern world. His warmly empathetic, intelligent and open-minded personality informs every page of this insightful and civilised memoir."

Editor of History Today, 1997–2008

"I have known Daniel over 70 years, but had no idea what a rich and full life he has led. I found it so impressive how he has managed to combine his two loves, history and music, largely through his world-wide travels and research, and his fascinating interviews (about some of which I would have liked to have learned more!). The book is beautifully presented, easy to read and well illustrated. I particularly appreciated the shortish chapters.

I would happily award Daniel the alpha star he apparently always wanted!"

Historian, Educationalist - and Daniel's first history teacher 70 years ago

"A masterpiece by a profound thinker: wonder and wisdom, grace and beauty, sprinkled with the human condition, dazzle the senses."